Chinese envoy denies troop incursion into India

Kolkata, Nov 4 (IANS) A Chinese diplomat on Friday denied reported “incursion” of Chinese troops into Leh in Jammu and Kashmir and said Beijing was neutral on India-Pakistan differences.

“China has a neutral position on differences that exist between India and Pakistan and we hope the countries settle their disputes peacefully through discussion and dialogue,” Chinese Consul General Ma Zhanwu said here.

China’s ties with India have been hit over India’s efforts to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group. China has also blocked India’s appeal to the UN to label Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a terrorist.

Asked about the reported Chinese incursion in Leh on Thursday, the envoy denied it.

“I don’t believe Chinese troops would cross into India … and your government has given a statement on it,” Ma told the media.

The Indian Army on Thursday denied any incursion by the Chinese troops.